Meet Trinity's 41st Rhodes Scholar
Caroline Leps named one of 11 Canadians heading to Oxford in 2015


Caroline Leps wants to ensure that all children have a healthy childhood, and in the fall of 2015 she will pursue that goal at Oxford University.

“I am interested in looking at interventions that we know work to improve children’s health such as micronutrient supplementation," says Leps. "I think that a lot of our innovations are not being used effectively and I hope to focus my career on finding ways of implementing these innovations into health care policy." 

Currently studying global health and international relations, Caroline plans to do her master's degree in comparative social policy while at Oxford. Her ultimate goal is to become a paediatrician working in global children’s health in low- and middle-income settings.

Outside the classroom, she is co-president of the International Relations Society and of Trinity’s Women’s Athletic Association, co-captain of Trinity’s basketball team, and plays violin in the Hart House Orchestra. She also volunteers in the Oncology Unit at SickKids Hospital and at Camp Oochigeas, a camp for kids with cancer.

“Caroline embodies the very best of Trinity’s students: bright, inspired and engaged with the world around her,” says Trinity Provost Mayo Moran. “This Rhodes Scholarship is a tribute to not only her academic excellence, but her exceptional leadership and her dedication to the community.”

Forty-one Rhodes Scholars from Trinity: it’s an impressive record and among Canadian undergraduate colleges of similar size, Trinity stands among the very top in the Rhodes Scholarship arena. Those who join the Rhodes ranks must show academic excellence, but the scholarship’s requirements go well beyond good marks; successful applicants must be well-rounded citizens of the world, with outstanding intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service. The Trinity experience, it seems, fosters these very qualities. 

“Three Trinity students, including Caroline, were shortlisted for Rhodes Scholarships this year,” says former Dean of Arts and Rhodes Scholar, Derek Allen ’69. “That's something to celebrate, especially for a college this size."

Caroline is a recipient of Trinity's John Harvey Whiteside Scholarship. "The Whiteside Scholarship allowed me to take full advantage of extra-curricular opportunities that have pushed me to challenge myself, discover new interests, and hone new skills," she says. "I am tremendously thankful for that support."

The Rhodes Scholarships, established in 1903, support exceptional students from around the world to study at the University of Oxford. The Rhodes is the oldest and perhaps the most prestigious international scholarship program in the world.

Well-known Canadian Rhodes Scholars include David Naylor, Bob Rae, and Trinity’s George Ignatieff ’36.